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Tim Anderson Signs A 6 Year, $25.5M Extension With The White Sox

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Tim Anderson Signs A 6 Year Extension With The White Sox

Chicago White Sox Shortstop, Tim Anderson, signed a 6 year contract with the Chicago White Sox. Tim Anderson signs the contract coming off a season that turned heads with his work ethic, batting approach and impressive defensive capabilities.

The $25.5 million deal gives Anderson $850k in 2017, $1 million in 2018, $1.4 million for 2019, $4 million in 2020, $7.25 million in 2021, and $9.5 million in 2022. His contract also contains team options for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

This extension has broken the record for signing a major league player with less than one year of MLB service time. The previous record holder was Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer ($20 million guaranteed).

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Although the White Sox have obtained quite a few top prospects through trades this off-season, the White Sox emphasized that Anderson is a major part of the rebuild and this extension proves it. The 23 year old shortstop had an impressive 2016 season. In 99 games he posted a batting line of .283 AVG/ .306 OBP/ .432 SLG. He also hit 9 home runs and legged out 3 triples.

Even though Anderson had struggles as the lead off hitter last season, that is likely where he will bat in the order. His impressive skill on the base-path netted him 10 stolen bases. With Rick Renteria as the new manager the Sox should be swiping more bags in 2017.

However, Anderson needs to work on his vision at the plate. He stuck out 117 times last season and only had 13 walks. If he can get the number of strikeouts down that will likely increase his batting average and allow him to swing at better pitches.

Could Tim Anderson Develop Into A Star Shortstop?

The future looks bright for Tim if he continues to improve, many people in the White Sox organization few him as a future star.

“Having a potential championship-caliber shortstop in place for the next six years or so is one less thing to worry about,” – White Sox GM Rick Hahn said.

“That man can hit,” “In my opinion, an up-and-coming star at some point. If not this year, it’s coming, in terms of hanging that star behind his name.” -Hitting Coach Todd Steverson